The footwear offering is archival in aesthetic, with collection curator Gary Aspden once more delving deep into his knowledge of the brand’s history to create five unique silhouettes.
The Burnden SPZL is a brand new hybrid court kick, borrowing heavily from an old vintage suede trainer originally made under licence in Japan. Executed in a premium leather we’ve come to expect from the Spezial collection on top of an EVA midsole and rubber outsole. A nice brighty whitey for the rest of the summer.
The Hoylake SPZL is a beautiful retro-running silhouette, based on a rare South African style that we’ve never seen in the flesh. It’s everything you’d want from a vintage runner; soft suede and a tight mesh upper on an EVA sole in a classic white/navy/red colourway. The shoe was discovered by a notorious adidas collector based in the town of Hoylake who kindly lent the only known pair to the adidas Spezial team – his kind support was reciprocated in the naming of the shoe.
The Marathon 86 SPZL pays homage to one of adidas’s most iconic running shoe. Sticking to the OG colour Marathon 86, this bold kick is updated with additional suede overlays that were used on early prototypes of the original shoe and a deep red accent running through the EVA midsole.
The Malmo NET SPZL ticks all our boxes. We love the revered adidas Originals City Series, so for Gary and the team to rework the iconic Malmo style we couldn’t be happier. The shoe takes design cues from a 1976 release that saw adidas combine mesh and suede to form the upper. Sat on top of a gum sole. this one is top notch.
The Blackburn SPZL is a bring back of the one of Spezial’s most popular shoes to date, this time flipped and executed in red suede with collegiate green laces on top of a deep blue sole unit. This is an early, unreleased sample colour of the original Blackburn shoe, a trainer that pays homage to Gary’s hometown.
Apparel has become an increasingly important area of the Spezial collection, being adopted by the likes of Noel and Liam Gallagher to name drop just a couple fo the faces often seen wearing the gear.
The Aldrington Anorak wouldn’t look out of place in a 1990s Berghaus catalogue, and is complimented by an oversized 90s fit with draw cords on the waist for an adjustable fit.
The Todmorden Smock is another Spezial classic in the making. Executed in a deep red with an oversized Spezial chest branding, we expect this one to fly!
The Ewood SPZL track top and track pant make up this season’s Spezial leisure suit. Every Spezial collection has a tracksuit in it, and they really are some of the best tracksuits we stock. The fit, the material, the colour. This one isn’t just for lounging about the house in, although you’d look pretty fly doing so!
Rounding up the collection is the Birchall SPZL t-shirt and the Durrington SPZL shorts which are nicely complimented by an accessories line including the lightweight mesh Ellenshaw SPZL cap and the navy Portslade Bag.
Imagery as always is on point, shot by long time collaborator Kevin Cummins.
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